Idaho Vandals men lead indoor track championships
Andrew Blaser won the heptathlon with 5,324 points and Jason Lorentz the long jump at 22 feet, 9¾ inches as Idaho took over the men’s lead on Friday at the Western Athletic Conference indoor track and field championships at Nampa, Idaho.
Idaho has 77 points with Utah State next at 64.
The Vandals’ men’s and women’s distance medley teams also took gold in 9 minutes, 56.87 seconds, and 11:41.67.
Idaho’s Markus Geiger (14:35.02) was edged in the 5,000, finishing second to Utah State’s Daniel Howell (14:34.45).
In the women’s 5,000, Idaho’s Alycia Butterworth was second in 17:17.78, almost overtaking Courtney Schultz of New Mexico State (17:16.86).
• Washington State junior Stephan Scott-Ellis turned in a career best of 25-5 1/4 to win the long jump at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships at the University of Washington.
• Brad Michael broke the Eastern Washington University record in the 400 with a time of 47.24 on the first day of the Big Sky Conference indoor championships in Flagstaff, Ariz.
North Idaho stood in fifth place after the first day of the NJCAA national meet in Rochester, Minn., with two Cardinals still alive in the championship bracket.
Ryan Zumwalt (157 pounds) and Kyle Sweedman (174) advanced to the semifinals.
Tied at the half, the CC Spokane Sasquatch took off in the second half to a 95-73 NWAACC victory over Treasure Valley in Ontario, Ore., that clinched at least a tie for the East Division championship.
Brady Bagby scored 20 points and Preston Wynne 18 to lead the Sasquatch, who hit 24 of 32 free-throw attempts.
CCS (22-4, 11-2) completes the regular season at Pendleton, Ore., today against Blue Mountain.
CC Spokane took its second NWAACC victory of the season, defeating the Treasure Valley Chukars 76-59 in Ontario, Ore. Amanda Buttrey scored 16 points for the Sasquatch (7-18, 2-11) as CCS outshot the Chukars (5-20, 3-11) 44.4 to 34.6 percent.
Gonzaga swept two games at the YMBL Cardinal Classic in Beaumont, Texas, to remain undefeated after five games.
Marco Gonzales (1-0) struck out seven and allowed only one run on six hits over eight innings in the Bulldogs’ 13-3 victory over Illinois. Eric Lane had five of GU’s 20 hits.
In their second game of the day, the Bulldogs got a three-run home run from Royce Bolinger, which was more than enough in a 6-1 victory over host Lamar. Billy Moon (1-0) struck out a career-high seven batters, allowing six hits and one run over eight innings.
• Washington State collected 25 hits in sweeping a doubleheader over Nebraska-Omaha 13-4, 12-6 in Pullman.
Derek Jones homered in the first game for WSU (3-2) and Taylor Ard did the same in the second against the Mavericks (1-5).
North Idaho College split a Scenic West doubleheader played against Western Nevada in Moses Lake, winning the opener 7-1 and losing the second game 7-5.
The Cardinals (11-16, 9-9) won the first game behind Emily Perlich’s complete-game, four-hit effort.
NIC rallied for four runs to tie the second game in the sixth inning only to see Western Nevada (10-13, 5-4) come up with two runs in the seventh to win.
Idaho swimmers set four school records but dropped to sixth place after three days at the WAC women’s championships in San Antonio, which conclude today.
The Spokane Shock made several rosters moves, including re-signing linebacker Micha King and offensive lineman Shannon Tevaga.
Defensive back Marquise Charles was placed on reassignment, defensive lineman Jeremy Geathers and OL Chet Teofilo were put on the physically unable to perform list while DL Pierre Walters was activated from the list.